Here at Renewal by Andersen® of Cape Cod, we understand that homeowners are looking for ways to save money, but we would never recommend replacing your windows without the help of a professional window contractor. While this might save you money on the front-end, you may end up paying more in the long run to correct installation errors.
The Logic of DIY
We’re not trying to undermine your abilities around your home. If you’re capable of replacing a window on your own, that’s always a good thing! Being able to do this yourself is useful. But it’s also not an easy task, which is why we’d never recommend taking this on yourself unless you’ve undergone the proper training.
The Cost of Installation
Installing a new window is more work than it initially seems. Mistakes made during any part of the installation can lead to issues with the window–which can end up becoming more expensive to fix in the future. Improper measurements, for example, can lead to replacement windows that don’t fit the wall openings correctly. This can lead to structural issues that can be harmful to the material of the window.
Another side effect of poorly installed windows is draftiness, which can undermine the comfort of your home, as well as its energy efficiency. This is just one of the many issues lack of experience and improper usage of tools (or lack of proper tools, for that matter) can bring about.
The Benefit of Professional Help
Sure, getting the help of a professional window company may be more costly than the DIY route. It also requires some leg-work as you’ll need to research different companies and check references before making your decision. But the benefits are plentiful.
It may sound counterintuitive, but many homeowners actually save money by hiring a professional. Reputable contractors often have deals with manufacturers, giving them access to a wider selection of materials–at a cheaper price. That means you have a bigger selection of products to choose from. You can get frames that aren’t like most of the standard issue frames you see your neighbors using for their windows. And you can get them cheaper.
Professionals are also more capable, since they’re likely to have had more practice in installing windows. This gives them the occupational superiority, and the ability to identify and work around issues that might be difficult for DIY enthusiasts to deal with.
It’s also worth noting that most professionals have insurance, which protects you from any issues that might arise from improper installation. If you replace your own windows and end up making a mistake during the installation, you’ll have to pay for repairs!
Professionals like our team at Renewal by Andersen of Cape Cod are experts in window repair and installation jobs. Let’s talk about your project; call us at (508) 936-1171, or get in touch with us via our contact form. We serve residents of Cape Cod, MA.